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Course Descriptions



Accounting for Lawyers (LAW 644A): This course is intended to be an introduction to basic business disciplines and concepts, such as accounting, finance, capital markets, corporate transactions/valuations, etc., to begin to prepare law students to meet the business needs of their future clients.


Advanced Family Law Practice/Drafting Seminar (LAW 613B): This seminar course is designed for law students who have an interest in practicing family law. The course will focus on fostering the skills needed for a successful family law practice, including understanding financial information used in a dissolution matters (tax returns, financial statements, retirement plans, etc.), how to calculate and advocate around support issues (child and spousal), Arizona's new custody law and parenting plan development, psychological aspects of dealing with family law clients (especially difficult clients), drafting of fee agreements, ethical issues related to family law practice, marketing and building a practice (including developing a business plan), ADR in family law cases and preparing a case for hearing.


Advanced Legal Writing & Intro to Appellate Advocacy (LAW 653A): This course builds on the first-year legal research and writing courses and is a prerequisite for later participation in second-year or third-year moot court. This course begins examining the similarities and differences between objective (predictive) and persuasive writing. Students are required to write and support thesis statements. Students are instructed in methods of constructing a coherent argument, as well as the conventions of providing authority to support an argument. Students receive instruction and gain practice in crafting the four basic building blocks of a persuasive document: the issue, the statement of facts, the argument, and the conclusion. Students also receive instruction and experience in oral argument. In addition to out-of-class readings and in-class demonstrations and exercises, each student participates in at least two oral arguments over the course of the semester.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAW 696N): The goal of this course is to engage students in the theory and practice of the variety of processes available to lawyers to solve disputes. These processes include several "traditional" methods - adjudication, arbitration, negotiation or mediation - and those which are "hybrid" such as the mini-trial, summary jury trial, and neutral experts. Another goal is to help students expand their conceptual framework for solving problems.


AZ Attorney General Clinic (LAW 643K): In this clinic, students will work on various matters handled by the Arizona Attorney General's Office, including drug prosecutions, electronic interception cases, public corruption, white collar financial fraud, financial and/or physical elder abuse, and other conflict prosecutions including but not limited to homicide, child abuse, arson and home invasions. The students will work with prosecutors and law enforcement to assess evidence and to evaluate potential violations of law, draft indictments, evaluate potential evidentiary problems, participate in motion practice, plea and/or settlement negotiations, trial preparation, and, if necessary, trials. Because of the lengthy nature of investigations and litigation in the Attorney General's Office, students are required to enroll for two semesters. Clinic students will be given preference to continue in the summer as Interns.


Bankruptcy & Related Issues (LAW 662A): This course examines the policies of federal bankruptcy law and related state and federal debtor-creditor law, such as truth in lending and usury, collection of judgments, fair debt collection practices and exemptions from execution. It also focuses on problem-solving under these laws. The course will deal with administration of cases in bankruptcy and with bankruptcy liquidations and repayment plans under Chapters 7 and 13 of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Consumer bankruptcies will be the focal point for understanding the structure and policies of the Bankruptcy Code.

Basic Trial Advocacy (LAW 645A): This course is an introduction to the procedural, evidentiary, and ethical requirements, as well as persuasive trial techniques, involved in civil and criminal trials. Each week students act as trial counsel executing the various skills employed during the stages of a jury trial-jury selection, opening statements, direct examination, exhibits, cross-examination, impeachment and closing arguments. Student performances are reviewed and critiqued, and may be periodically videotaped. The first ten or eleven weeks of the course are devoted to problems which focus on specific trial skills. The remaining weeks are spent on trials, with students acting as trial counsel in complete jury trials. The course includes a weekly lecture and demonstration component.


Child and Family Law Clinic (LAW 696C): The Child and Family Law Clinic is a working law office in which law students are the lawyers.Under the supervision of Clinic faculty, students perform all aspects of representation for our clients. Students will gain hands on experience litigating family law cases and representing both children and adult clients in the Pima County Juvenile and Family Courts as well as the Pima County Superior Court, Domestic Violence Court and the Tucson City Court.


Civil Rights Restoration Clinic (LAW 696C): This course is designed to give students theoretical and practical exposure to the problems faced by persons previously convicted of criminal offenses. The program has a classroom component and a representation component.Students in the clinic are certified under Rule 38(d) to represent persons with criminal convictions and, under the supervision of attorneys, assist them in filing motions to restore their civil rights, set aside their convictions, etc. The clinical work is not primarily aimed at developing litigation skills. Instead, it is to give students the opportunity to meet and work with persons with criminal convictions, learn about their situations, prepare court pleadings and handle brief court hearings. The classes will cover the legal, policy and professional implications of reentry and the loss of civil rights, as well as an introduction to interviewing clients and representing them in court.


Community Property (LAW 639): This course takes an in-depth look at how society regulates marital property. It focuses on Arizona, but because Arizona uses the rules of many other community property jurisdictions, especially California, it is necessary to look generally at community property concepts. This is a bar course designed to give you both an enjoyable in-depth academic sense of the subject and preparation for the bar.


Criminal Defense Clinic (LAW 696C): Students are placed in one of the public defenders offices in Tucson to work with attorneys on either felony, misdemeanor or juvenile cases.


Criminal Prosecution Clinic (LAW 696C): Students serve as prosecuting attorneys in one of the prosecution offices in Tucson, or, with permission of instructor, in Phoenix, Casa Grande, or other cities during the summer. Under the supervision of lawyers, students work in the felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile law areas. The prosecutorial agencies require that students pass a Criminal History Background check prior to being accepted for placement. Thereafter, students must: attend an orientation which includes Victims' Rights Training; 2nd-chair bench trials; and assist in evidentiary hearings and pre-trial hearings. During the course of the Clinic, students participate in a Ride-Along with on-duty officers, go on a jail visit, and may visit a Crime Lab.


Disability Law (LAW 614): The course focuses on discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, state and local governmental services, public accommodations, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education under the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Domestic Violence Seminar (LAW 696B): This seminar provides an in-depth consideration of the many legal and social issues surrounding domestic violence.


Education Law (LAW 656D): This course covers an extensive variety of legal issues encountered in education settings, with an emphasis on legal issues impacting public primary and secondary school districts and public colleges and universities. Topics covered include the following: (1) freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and establishment clause issues involving students, school employees, and school property; (2) gender equity, affirmative action, desegregation, and other student discrimination issues in the school setting, as well as discrimination and civil rights issues impacting school employees; (3) issues involving due process, tenure, academic freedom, and student and employee discipline; (4) state laws impacting the operation of educational entities such as open meeting, conflict of interest, and public records laws; and (5) federal legislation applicable to schools such as No Child Left Behind, the Equal Access Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


ERISA and Employee Benefits (LAW 695M): The course examines employee benefits governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), such as pension and 401(k) plans. When does ERISA come into play? - Business planning - Employment agreements, termination of employment - Prenuptial agreements, divorce - Corporate and individual tax planning - Estate planning and probate - Bankruptcy - In every employer retirement, medical, life insurance, disability, or other benefit plan or agreement. This course provides you with a working knowledge of various retirement plans, as well as the legal requirements applicable to these plans. Sections of the International Revenue Code are examined, but as much for their underlying purpose (governmental, societal and employer goals) as for their content. This course also examines how ERISA applies to welfare benefit plans such as medical, life insurance, and disability plans, and related areas such as COBRA and HIPAA.


Estate Planning (LAW 696A): This course provides an intensive examination of the problems involved in planning the orderly devolution of property. Tax, nontax, and practical considerations are explored. Each student is responsible for the preparation of a series of problems and drafting assignments.


Estates & Trusts (LAW 619): This course explores the law of intestacy, wills, trusts, gifts and estate and trust administration, as well as basic fiduciary duties. Students will also be introduced to basic approaches to planning for incapacity, such as living wills, advance directives and durable health care powers of attorney. The course also addresses the ethical issues that confront attorneys in this area of the law, including problems posed by the joint representation of spouses and working with clients whose ability to make adequately considered decisions is impaired. Three basic themes overarch this course. First is the tension between formalism and honoring testator intent.Second is the very human story of the effect of wealth transfers on family relationships. Third is the role the law of gratuitous transfers in preserving or altering the distribution of power and wealth in society and between the genders.


Family Law (LAW 612): This course explores the changing concept of "family" under American law. We examine the formation and termination of family and intimate relationships with emphasis on the role of the state in giving or withholding recognition to certain relationships, and the increasing significance of contractual autonomy in intimate relations. The legal and economic consequences of marriage and divorce and the state regulation of child custody and child support are covered.


Federal Income Tax (LAW 646): This course provides a study of the fundamentals of the federal income taxation of individuals, including: the nature of gross income and the computation of adjusted gross income and taxable income; specific items of income, deductions and credits; gains and losses; nontaxable exchanges; and income splitting.


Gender and the Law (LAW 695B): This course offers a critical examination of issues and debates relating to gender difference, dominance and disadvantage. Beginning with a theoretical overview, the seminar culminates in substantial scrutiny of instances of judicial and legislative interventions in matters of education, employment, privacy, violence, and the impact and implications for the status, roles and rights of women. Drawing from various strands of feminists thought, the seminar seeks to conceptualize difference as a means of analyzing the law's approach to the realities and experiences of women. Ultimately, the endeavor is to articulate and critique the assumptions, arguments and conclusions that underlie discernible patterns of discrimination that pervade and define the daily lives of women. It is expected that, by the conclusion of the seminar, students have acquired a more critical appreciation of the complex variables that bear on the construction of "woman," the commonalities and differences among women, as well as the extent to which the legal framework ameliorates and perpetuates gender inequality and inequity. For the most part, discussions are eclectic, emphasizing historical, socio-economic, and cross-cultural dimensions and perspectives.


Immigration Law (LAW 620): A study of the legal policies and procedures concerning immigration (e.g., non-citizen classifications dealing with non-immigrants and legal permanent residents) and removal (i.e., inadmissibility and deportation).Methods of statutory construction are stressed.


Immigration Law Clinic (LAW 696C): This in-house clinic provides students with the opportunity to assist and (if taken for 4 or 6 units) to represent immigrants. All students participate either in a clinic for immigrant workers or a clinic for unrepresented people undergoing removal proceedings; in each, they conduct interviews, identify options, provide advice and, in some cases, provide brief services. In addition, 4 unit students may assist immigrants in affirmative applications for asylum or visas for victims of domestic violence or crime.


Indigenous Peoples Law Clinic (LAW 696D): Students provide legal assistance to tribal governments, tribal attorneys, and non-profit organizations working with and for Indigenous people in the United States and across the globe. The actual projects vary from year to year, but in the past have included: working on amicus briefs for cases pending before the US Supreme Court; drafting legislation on topics ranging from limited liability companies to protection of cultural resources and sacred sites; working in tribal legal offices (prosecutors, public defenders and attorney general offices); clerking for tribal judges; and establishing an established a court-appointed guardian-ad-litem program for the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation.


Interviewing (LAW 665C): The course consists of a classroom component and out-of-class interviews. The classroom component lasts about one-half of the semester and involves some readings, lectures and discussions concerning the interviewing process. Also during the classroom segment, students have the opportunity to do interviewing exercises and view video tapes of interviews. Each student is required to do two out-of-class interviews with client instructors who are people trained to serve as clients and to critique the interview.


Juvenile Law (LAW 676A): This course is designed to acquaint law students with some of the principles, conflicts and policy choices in selected areas of Juvenile Law.This is not a survey course in Juvenile Law where students might expect to cover a large number of topics.Rather, it focuses on a few discrete topics as illustrative of the difficult questions that challenge the law of children.


Law and the Elderly (LAW 684): A study of the issues commonly arising in representing the elderly, including the right to refuse medical treatment, planning for disability, age discrimination, and ethical issues involved in working with the elderly.


Mediation (LAW 680A): This course examines the issues, principles and skills necessary to the use of mediation as a method of conflict resolution. The required reading is distributed throughout the course as applicable to subject matter. Classroom time is devoted to discussion of these materials, lecture and experiential learning. Students have the opportunity to observe and mediate one fair housing, employment discrimination, landlord/tenant, consumer fraud, juvenile court dependency, or juvenile criminal misdemeanor dispute.


Mediation Advocacy - Representing Clients in Mediation (LAW 680C): Given the prominence of both court-mandated and voluntary mediation as a means of resolving legal disputes, the ability to effectively represent clients in mediation is an essential lawyering skill. This course will examine the theory and practice of representing clients in mediation through readings, demonstrations, role plays, critique, class discussions, presentations, and written assignments. The goals of the course include: introducing students to the nature of conflict and principles of conflict management; considering the policy and ethical implications of the use of mediation as a means of conflict resolution; developing negotiation and communication skills; experiencing and analyzing various mediation models and mediator styles; fostering emotional literacy and reflective skills; understanding experientially the lawyers role in mediation and developing skills in preparing and representing clients in mediation.


Mortgage Clinic (LAW 696C): Students in this clinic will be placed at Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA), where they will work with homeowners at risk of losing their homes. Students will be supervised by experienced attorneys and learn to interview clients about their debt problems, to organize clients’ finances and come up with sustainable budgets, and to sort them according to needed relief, whether it is a negotiated mortgage modification without use of the courts or a bankruptcy filing as a means to save a home.


Poverty, Health, and Law (LAW 641B): Through such topics as poverty and public benefits, safe and affordable housing, family violence and child safety, and the rights of people with disabilities, this class will explore how lawyers can engage in creative problem-solving with doctors to promote justice for families and improve health.


Pre-Trial Litigation (LAW 668): This is a simulation course in which students are organized into law firms which litigate against each other during the semester. It focuses on civil litigation as a process in which early decisions and steps have consequences which invariably affect later steps. The course covers pre-filing fact investigation, interviewing parties and witnesses, legal research, litigation strategy, pleadings, discovery, motions and settlement. Students prepare weekly assignments, such as drafting complaints and answers, discovery documents, taking depositions, drafting summary judgment motions, and preparing pretrial memoranda. The final assignment is attending a settlement conference.


Veterans' Clinic (LAW 696C): In the Clinic, Law students will perform three types of legal work: (1)assist military veterans in the Veteran's Courts of both the Regional Veteran's Court and the Pima County Justice Court; (2) represent veterans with other legal issues including family matters, benefit applications, and civil cases referred to the Clinic by the Courts; and (3) assist in a special VA benefits event in March which any veteran who has a benefit claim can meet with students and lawyers to discuss his or her claim. Law students will have direct contact with clients and will be the primary decision makers in their cases.Preference will be given to military veterans. However, prior military service is not a requirement.




Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC)
Problems in Child and Adolescent Development (FCSC 527C): Approaches to conceptualizing, theorizing, studying, and assessing problems in child and adolescent development. Graduate-level requirements include an additional 10 point essay question in conjunction with the multiple choice format questions and additional research and depth of focus on paper assignments.

Working with Children (FCSC 523): In-depth study of theory and research in child development (from birth through age 8) and applications to work with young children and their families. Graduate-level requirements include additional and/or more advanced reading and writing assignments.



Family Studies & Human Development
Issues in Aging (FSHD 513): This course covers a wide range of issues associated with aging, including physical/health changes, social/familial contexts, retirement/economic circumstances as well as the socio-historical and gender-ethnicity factors that affect the experience of aging. Graduate-level requirements include extra required readings and an in-depth term paper.


Topics in Adolescent Health and Development (FSHD 601): This course covers various topics in adolescent health and development. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.


Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships (FSHD 604): This course covers various topics in diverse contexts for development and relationships. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being (FSHD 602): This course covers various topics in family, interpersonal relationships and well-being. Exact topics will vary across semesters, students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood (FSHD 603): This course covers various topics in social and psychobiological development in childhood. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.



Adult Development and Aging (PSY 559): Change and continuity in cognition, personality, and adjustment during adulthood, with emphasis on aging processes and late life. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on an aspect of a specific psychological problem of the aged.

Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 583A): This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of Developmental Psychopathology. Developmental Psychopathology is an approach to studying psychopathology in different stages of development, with a special focus on factors that contribute to the emergence of psychopathology and factors that protect against the emergence of psychopathology. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper (literature review) in addition to two exams and a project/presentation (with no opportunity for extra credit).


Drugs, Brain and Behavior (PSY 513): Physiological, neurotoxic and behavioral effects of drugs on individual neurotransmitter systems in the brain. Special emphasis will be given to the historical use and political significance of the major drugs of abuse. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper pertinent to the course topic.

Psychology of Divorce (PSY 379 - with graduate level option): Divorce directly and indirectly affects the majority of people in society. This course will take a critical look at the cycle of marriage, causes of divorce, and psychological consequences of divorce for children and parents.

Violence and Youth (PSY 558): Explores the etiology of youth violence from developmental and socio-cultural perspectives, the influence of societal factors such as media, guns, and gangs on violence among youth. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper.


Gender and Society (SOC 555): Course surveys the growing body of research in the sociology of gender, with the goal of providing students with a theoretical grounding for studying gender sociology.

The Family (SOC 553): The family is a core institution in all known societies. This course surveys sociological research on families and addresses connections between families and other social institutions.



Updated: 07/03/2013